Philly Field Trip: Fairmount

Saturday morning, I woke up to the sound of the birds chirping and the fresh air drifting into my room, right then I knew I wanted to spend as much time as I could in this unseasonably gorgeous weather. My roommate and I quickly got ready, packed some snacks, grabbed a blanket, and headed down to Fairmount.

In hopes to make the most of the day, we headed straight down to Fairmount Park to relax by the Schuylkill River. We were determined to get as close as we could to the water, but we also had to be conscious of the geese who were also enjoying the nice weather. With the right book and some good music, you’re set for the day and that is where we spent most of our time.

A bibliophile’s dream at Book Haven!

There was a storm in the forecast so we decided to head back and pop into some of the shops on our way. Our first stop was a Book Haven, a mesmerizing book store, filled from top to bottom. In hopes to find the film section, we were surprised by something else–a cat emerged from the back room and rubbed up against us for a nice back scratch.

Looking at books can work up an appetite! We decided to go OCF Coffee House to enjoy some coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich, and the view of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Despite the clouds covering the sun, we sat outside and were greeted by another (!!!)  cat, except this one was orange and wearing a nice gold bow. He sat at my feet and persistently begged with his puppy kitty eyes for some of my food, however, I quickly apologized because I wasn’t going to give up my sandwich.

We continued our stroll down Fairmount Ave. to find ourselves in Philly Flavors ordering some water ice. We wanted to celebrate this “swinter” day as best as we could, and this treat was the cherry on top. With water ice in hand, we  headed back to campus. As we left Fairmount, we also said good bye to all the animals we had seen throughout the day. If you’re like me and need that furry, four legged fix, just make your way to Fairmount—just be aware of the geese!